T.A. lessons

June 11, 2008

On a TA exercise we had an observation exercise. We had a load of objects hidden in the field in front of us. I must at this point congratulate the Army in making most things green, it makes it a damn lot harder to spot things due to camoflage.
But once all the items had been found we could tell what we were the enemy were going to be like.

 food and drink wrappers- well supplied and probably well moraled.
empty ammo boxes- armed and again well supplied, plus the type of weapon.
muddy footprints- rough guide to the size of at least one of the men.
burnt grass – stopped for a brew- well supplied with water, had time to stop and cook.

you see how a picture can be painted by just four tell tale signs.

In one of our military training qualification we were taught about factor, deduction and task.
What the thing is, what it means and what we have to do about it…is profiling an asbracted version of this ?



May 17, 2008

What separates me from being you ?
We look different but surely this is just a different arrangement of cells.
We have different clothes but again its just a different collection of the clothing that shops sell.
We have different hobbies but they are just a choice out of the selection that most people have.

Bradshaw says:

“An individual’s personality is an aggregate conglomeration of decisions we’ve made throughout our lives.”

I believe this is true. I think that you ‘knock’ a personality into shape with the bumps of the road of life. How are personalities started ? do we all start as a blank piece of paper like a droid waiting to be programmed ? And if so why are only some of us curious and some not. Some out going and some shy ?  Is it all preditirmined by our surroundings and genes ?
 How do we make the choices that further our personal development ? How do you become the person that you are today ? Can you predict someone’s choice of life just by random information about them ?

Roger Clarke’s Profiling Paper and How profiling works.

May 9, 2008


When searching the internet I came across this interesting paper.
It seems to give a good general overview of profiling as a whole.
I feel like it is just an intro and a very simple one at that but still very interesting. 


This website was a more in depth introduction.  In introduces two main types of BASIC profiling :
Be On the Lookout (BOLO) and All-Points Bulletin (APB).